Fight Ends In Death
As I’m sure everyone knows, there was a fight Saturday morning (Friday night) that lead to the death of one man, Orlando Clark, and the hospitalization of another man, Antonio Pugh. The Carbondale Police Department released this statement:
On November 20, 2010 at approximately 1:30 a.m., the City of Carbondale Police Department responded to a report of a large crowd fighting in the 100 block of South University. Upon arrival, officers discovered that Orlando Lamont Clark, 34, a Carbondale resident, had been seriously injured during the fight. Clark was taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale where he later succumbed to his wounds. Officers were also notified that Antonio Pugh, 28, a Carbondale resident, was at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale being treated for injuries he sustained during the same incident.
Two suspects are in custody and the investigation continues. Should any further information become available it will be released Monday, November 22, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the police department at 457-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 549-COPS (2677). Anonymous tips may also be made by selecting the “Crime Stoppers” tab located on the main page of this web site.
The Southern Illinoisan had an article which said the fight may have started at the former Spotlight Grill:
Neighbors said the fight might have followed an after-hours party taking place near a former restaurant/bar now possibly being used as a bring-your-own-bottle club.
Local businessman and blogger Scott Thorne was in the area around midnight and heard cars playing loud music in the area. According to an email from the Arbor District, the fight spread to the square after police arrived, and there was another party at the former Spotlight Grill on Saturday evening:
As of right now the bar where the “private parties” are held in the old Bistro Lounge is open for business tonight. Late model SUVs are in the alley behind the bar when we passed by. Two police cruisers are sitting in the Verizon parking lot next to City Hall.
An eye witness who was returning from Walgreens at around 1:30 AM this morning reported that they witnessed people running in all directions as emergency vehicles arrived on the scene. Some people scattered up Monroe and Walnut, while other groups fled towards the town square. They observed fights breaking out in front of ABC Liquor.
Obviously this is not acceptable. I wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to an after hours “bring your own bottle club,” but the operators need to provide appropriate security and the city has a regulatory role to play. It isn’t clear yet whether the city knew the property was being used for this purpose.
So far, there is no word on the suspects, but it looks like both Clark and Pugh have extensive criminal records. To view cases involving Orlando Clark, click here. To view cases involving Antonio Pugh, click here. If this is the kind of crowd this venue attracts, it should be closed.
Comments are welcome.